27 Jan 2021
The Communist Party’s top anti-corruption body has vowed to keep a close watch on state-backed technology and infrastructure projects and crack down further on graft at the grass-roots level.
In a communique issued on Sunday after a three-day conference in Beijing, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said it would make “unremitting efforts” to strengthen party discipline among the rank and file in the coming year and focus on safeguarding policy goals set by the leadership.
The meeting – attended by more than 130 senior members of the CCDI and their provincial counterparts, President Xi Jinping and other top party leaders – is held annually to review the past year and set the agenda for the next 12 months.
Xi told cadres on Friday that while the CCDI had achieved some success in 2020, corruption remained “the biggest threat to the party’s rule”. He called on the graft-busters to do their utmost to ensure corruption would not undermine the party’s goals.
He said they must not let their guard down in 2021, the start of the country’s next five-year plan that marks a new stage in the party’s ambition to create a “modernised socialist country” by 2049.
The CCDI’s communique echoed that call, saying its first priority would be to ensure the plan for the next five years was implemented with “strong political supervision”.
It also said key investment projects in the plan would be under scrutiny, especially those that could put China’s stability at risk.
By William Zheng, South China Morning Post, 26 January 2021
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